Services provided by Soil & Water Conservation
- Technical Assistance (advice and/or planning) on erosion control and water quality issues. Clients are served through visits to our office, phone consultations, and site visits. Agronomists, engineers, soil scientists, and other specialists
from a number of local, state, and federal agencies work closely with the District staff to serve our client’s needs. Some of the areas the District assists with are:
- Soil Erosion
- Animal Waste Management
- Stream Bank Stabilization
- Pond Site Assessments
- Nutrient Management
- Plants for Erosion Control
- Storm Water Control
- Spring Development
- Riparian Restoration
- Private Access Road Layout
- Urban Erosion Control
- Educational Programs such as:
- Administer or help to administer State, Federal, and local conservation programs such as:
- North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program – provides a 75% cost share to persons who install water quality improvement projects on agricultural lands. The District has two full-time staff working with this program and receives an average annual allocation of $120,000 for cost share with farmers. (http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/costshareprograms/ACSP/index.html)
- Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP) (http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/costshareprograms/AgWRAP/index.html )
The purposes of the program are to:
- Identify opportunities to increase water use efficiency, availability and storage
- Implement best management practices (BMPs) to conserve and protect water resources
- Increase water use efficiency
- Increase water storage and availability for agricultural purposes
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) – a federal program that provides cost share for a variety of water quality conservation practices.
- Buncombe County Voluntary Farmland Preservation Program – a local government program that allows farmers to voluntarily enroll their farm property in an agricultural district. The purpose of the program is to slow the decline of farmlands in the county and offer operators of farms some protection from encroachment of development.
- Soils data for Buncombe County. Aerial photos, map unit descriptions, soil series descriptions, and soils series interpretations are available from an unpublished 1975 soil survey. The county is currently being mapped and the above information is available on the areas that have been mapped.
Community Conservation Assistance Program
"What is CCAP? A voluntary, incentive-based program designed to improve water quality through the installation of various best management practices (BMPs) on urban, suburban and rural lands, not directly involved in agricultural production. CCAP consists of educational, technical and financial assistance provided to landowners by local soil and water conservation districts." (from http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/costshareprograms/CCAP/index.html )
For more information, check out their website.
Information available for viewing in the District office
- National Wetland Inventory Maps (1995)
- Aerial Photos – 1951, 1963, 1975, 1982, 1988
- U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Flood Hazard Maps
- U.S.G.S, 7.5 minute topographic maps of Buncombe County
Forms and Other Documents
To learn more about the departments within Soil & Water Conservation, select a topic from the list on the left.
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Asheville, NC 28801
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